Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Friday the roster was “written in pencil.” Two days later, three new names were coming in, and two known names were moving out (because running back Chester Taylor hadn’t officially signed yet, the Cards could wait until today to clear a roster spot for him — and no, I don’t know who it is yet).
Everyone knows the top, say 47 or 48 guys who make the team are going to be around, assuming they don’t get hurt. For the most part, teams don’t want to churn too much. The guys they have are the ones they have taught all offseason. They know the system. If you have one guy who knows what he is doing and another street free agent who might just be a tad more talented, you generally will stick with the guy who knows the system.
But injuries play a factor. So too do guys who come available whom the team has had an eye on. You know when you are the guys constantly on the bubble. Going into the final preseason game, there was a lot of talk about position battles and either/or spots. Stephen Spach and Jim Dray. Quan Sturdivant and Reggie Walker. So when moves had to be made when the Cards claimed a couple of cornerbacks off waivers, it wasn’t a shock to hear Spach and Sturdivant were the ones released. Soon, we will hear who was released for Taylor, and that won’t be a shocking name either.
It’s a difficult existence. Last year, guys like Max Komar and Cyril Obiozor were the ones bouncing around (and on to the practice squad). It’s the ongoing reality for a few guys, however, that keeps the stress level up beyond just the “final” cuts.
Tags: Ken Whisenhunt, Quan Sturdivant, Reggie Walker, Roster
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